Nuts and Bolts of Minnesota Appellate Practice

Richard P. Clem Continuing Legal Education
CLE Podcast: $25

This program has been approved by the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners for 2.5 credits of Repeated On-Demand credit between the dates of April 30 and December 31, 2011.

This program was originally presented in St. Paul, Minnesota, on February 19, 2011. This audio program runs approximately two hours and fifteen minutes. Click Here to View the Course Description

To participate in this online program for CLE credit, please follow the following steps:

  1. Download the written course materials. This is a PDF of 18 pages: Course Materials (PDF)
  2. Download and listen to the program. The program is available in Windows Media format. Follow the following links to download and play the two-part file:
  3. During the audio program, you will be given three code words. Write down these code words, which you will need to obtain your certificate of completion for CLE credit.
  4. If you have any substantive questions regarding the program, please e-mail them to, and I will respond promptly.
  5. If you desire a certificate of completion, e-mail the three code words to me at, or mail them with your payment to the address below.
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    Richard P. Clem
    P.O. Box 14957
    Minneapolis, MN 55414

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Program Description

Nuts and Bolts of Minnesota Appellate Practice presented by Richard Clem. For the attorney unexpectedly faced with a case before the Minnesota Court of Appeals, it can be a daunting challenge. While the Minnesota Rules of Appellate Procedure are not onerous, they do impose requirements that might be very different from what the trial attorney is used to. In some cases, seemingly innocent violations of these rules can be disastrous. We’ll walk through the rules and give practical guidance on how to file a notice of appeal, how to order a transcript, how to write and assemble a brief, and even what color the brief’s cover needs to be, and how it should be bound. This course will put you at ease if you are ever required to file an appeal, or if the opposing party files an appeal in a case in which you prevailed. The course materials include detailed forms and checklists, and references to the rules. Two hours, fifteen minutes.

The program is presented by Richard P. Clem. He has a B.A. in history from the University of Minnesota, and a J.D., cum laude, from Hamline University School of Law. He has been in private practice in the Twin Cities for over 20 years. His reported cases include: Asociacion Nacional de Pescadores a Pequena Escala o Artesanales de Colombia v. Dow Quimica de Colombia, 988 F.2d 559, rehearing denied, 5 F.3d 530 (5th Cir. 1993), cert. denied, 510 U.S. 1041 (1994); LaMott v. Apple Valley Health Care Center, 465 N.W.2d 585 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991); Abo el Ela v. State,468 N.W.2d 580 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991).

This program will be eligible for CLE credit in the following jurisdictions. Please click on the state name below for further information and any limitations:

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